The Leitz Phone 1 is a smartphone from Leica, a brand known for its camera lenses.
For the Japanese market, SoftBank has unveiled a Leica-branded phone. Although Leica has previously donated its name to phone camera systems, the Leitz Phone 1 is the first smartphone to feature the Leica brand and signature red dot.
Of course, for a device like this, the camera system will be crucial, and the hardware here is certainly odd. A single 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor — the largest in any phone — is paired with a 19mm-equivalent f/1.9 ultrawide lens, requiring digital zoom for other focal lengths.
The internals are identical to those of another Japan-only phone, Sharp’s recently announced Aquos R6, with the main variation being the phone’s appearance, which now includes a circular camera bump with its own Leica-branded lens cap.
The Aquos R6 boasts the same Leica-branded camera system as the Leitz Phone 1 — albeit the Leitz Phone 1 makes it appear much larger — and other characteristics, such as its 120Hz Pro IGZO OLED screen, are identical. The Aquos R6, on the other hand, does not come with a lens cap or a matching case.
For further protection, the phone incorporates a magnetic lens cap for the circular camera system at the back. The Leica Leitz Phone 1 features a hole-punch display on the front and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Leica Leitz Phone 1 Price, And Sale
The Leitz Phone 1 is the first Leica phone to be released in Japan. It’s featured on the SoftBank website for JPY 187,920 ($1,700). There is only one color option for the phone: Leica Silver. The Leitz Phone 1 will be available in Japan in July.
Leica Leitz Phone 1 Specifications
The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is equipped with a 6.6-inch UXGA + (2,730×1,260 pixels) OLED display and runs on Android 11. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC is combined with 12GB RAM to run the phone. The phone’s internal storage capacity is 256GB, plus a microSD card slot for expansion ( up to 1TB).
The 1-inch camera sensor is located at the rear of the device. The 20-megapixel Leica Leitz Phone 1 sports a 1-inch sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and a 19mm equivalent focal length. A monochrome mode is available on the rear for black-and-white photography. The phone has a 12.6-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth v5.2, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, and Face Unlock are among the connectivity choices. The phone’s dimensions are 74x162x9.5mm, and it weighs 212 grams.
SoftBank is also selling the Aquos R6 alongside the Leitz Phone 1, and the two phones are strikingly similar. Instead, it’s promoting the R6 as a model for people who only care about the Leica camera, and the Leitz Phone 1 as a model for people who care about Leica’s hardware design. And, after all, what could be more Leica than tinkering with existing things with a red dot?